Cactus (1987)




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Isabelle Huppert plays a French woman who travels to Australia after leaving her husband. Injured in an accident, Huppert is in danger of losing her sight. Her friends try to get her to "bond" with blind doctor Robert Menzies, who possesses a greenhouse full of cactus. In the big "Author's Statement" scene, Menzies likens his cactus to people who need special care, even though they seem to bloom only when neglected. The arrival of Isabelle's husband Jean-Pierre Mignon only serves to solidify the relationship between "human cacti" Huppert and Menzies.
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Bunduk Marika
as Bunduk
Banduk Marika
as Banduk
Jean-Pierre Mignon
as Jean-Francois
Julia Blake
as Cactus Lecturer
Lionel Kowal
as Eye Specialist
Tarni Jams
as Mother
Elsa Davis
as Elsa
Maurie Fields
as Maurie
Sean Scully
as Doctor
Dawn Klingberg
as Pedestrian
Curtis Easton
as Young Robert
Kyra Cox
as Sister
Tarni James
as Mother
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Critic Reviews for Cactus

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A qualified accomplishment ... Part and parcel of its limitations, though, is Cactus's genuine will to stand apart, offering rich textures and unexpected pleasures.

Full Review… | July 17, 2011
Nick's Flick Picks

It seems like a 19th-century Victorian tale.

Full Review… | March 30, 2006
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